Introduction: Sun Basket: Universal Solar Bike Upgrade
Simple, easy steps to upgrade your e-bike to a solar bike. Charges your bike when it parks under the sun, perfect for a commuter bike.
Because we are using a booster MPPT solar charge controller with adjustable output, we can charge all e-bikes with 24V/36V/48V battery pack system.
Step 1: Parts: Total Around $260
- MPPT Solar Panel Battery Regulator Charge Controller 10A (Amazon)
- 50W Bendable SunPower Solar Panel (Amazon)
- MC4 Male/ Female Solar Panel Cable Connector (Amazon)
- Wald 535 Rear Twin Bicycle Carrier Basket (18 x 7.5 x 12)(Amazon)
- 10 gauge wire
- MC4 Fuse
- Adapter Plug
- MC3 MC4 Solar Crimping Tools
- Outdoor Weatherproof Plastic Cover Electric Junction Box 200x120x75mm (Amazon)
Step 2: Assemble the Controller Box
Put the MPPT controller in the weather proof box.
Run input wire and output wire as indicated.
Make sure on the input + is the female MC4, - is the male MC4, because it is receiving power from the solar panel.
Put the 15A fuse on the + side wire to the battery.
Step 3: Mout the Rear Basket to the Bike
We will use the 50w flexible as cover for the rear basket. It is slightly oversized.
Step 4: Setting Up the MPPT Solar Controller
The controller would need to be connect to the solar panel to work. Make sure its output matches your ebike battery charger rating. Overvoltage, Short Circuit, Reverse polarity or Overcurrent can damage your battery. Test and verify with a multi-meter, DO NOT depend on the reading from the controller.
Here is a nice youtube video to get you set up
Step 5: Connect Controller Output to the Battery and Enjoy Your Solar Bike.
1 Person Made This Project!
- flytandem made it!
1 year ago on Introduction
Thanks for sharing , but I am not sure a 50 watt panel will do anything to charge your bike . My bike has 230 watt panel on top of my recumbent and its still a challenge especially in fall with the sun low on the horizon. In order to charge while riding and maintain 15 mph i recommend 350 watt or more . Enjoy !
3 years ago on Introduction
Great work and so simple. I think a diagram would be icing on the cake!
5 years ago
solar panel link' wrong, https://goo.gl/pMQtMQ ???